Monday Milers

The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”.  The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph.  Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes.  We  stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).

Regular departure time and place:  The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64.  Start time is 9:00 AM.  Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.

Hike leader:  Richard Mayberry  828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.

WINTER AND SPRING INTO SUMMER 2019 

Adventures with Richard.  All who wander are not lost.”  JRR Tolkein

18 February
GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
4 miles, 860 ascent, R6, $3.50 car fee
From the trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back. Lunch at Stair Step Falls.

25 February
BUTTER GAP/CAT GAP LOOP
10 miles, 1,900’ climb, R9, car fee $2.00
A loop, from Fish Hatchery up Cat Gap to Butter Gap to Art Loeb to Cat Gap back

4 March
DUPONT FOREST: CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN
6.3 miles, 700’ ascent, R6, car fee: $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail.

11 March
GREEN MOUNTAIN AREA HIKE
data to be supplied later.

18 March
OCONEE STATE PARK, Stumphouse Tunnel Park, Issaqueena and Whitewater Falls
various trails, 400’ estimated ascent, R3, car fee: $5.00
We hike various trails. Mike Bornia will orchestrate this journey.

TRANS PANTHERTOWN
Hike across Panthertown, west to east. Data to be supplied later.

25 March
DUPONT FOREST, WINTERGREEN FALLS LOOP
5.2 miles, 700’ ascent, R5, $2.00 car fee
From Guion Farm parking we hike Buck Forest Fd., left on Thomas Cemetery Rd., left on Tarkiln Branch Rd., right on Sandy Trail, straight to Wintergreen Falls, returning via Wintergreen Falls trail and Tarkiln Branch Rd.

1 April
MT. PISGAH HIKE
6 miles, 1,250’ ascent, R7, $3.00 car fee
From the Pisgah Inn we hike the Mountains to Sea Trail, to Mt. Pisgah Trail,, returning to the Pisgah Inn for lunch via the camp ground trail.

8 April
TWIN FALLS/CLAWHAMMER LOOP
7 miles, estimated 500’ climb, R7, car fee: $1.00
From Avery Creek Road hike in on Buckhorn Gap trail to Twin Falls returning via Buckhorn Gap to Clawhammer Cove.

15 April
BLACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL WITH CLUB GAP TRAIL
10 miles, estimated 1,900’ climb, 3,100’ descent, R9, car fee: $2.00
Either a key exchange or shuttle, we hike from Avery Creek Road up Club Gap trail to Club Gap where we hike the Black Mountain Trail to its end.

22 April
LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

6 May
LAKE JOCASSEE TOUR/SC FOOTHILLS TRAIL
6-7 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R7, car fee plus boat and guide ( probably $20-$25 each)
An all day trip, drive to the dock, hop on pontoon boat, motor across Lake Jocassee, walk on Foothills trail, get picked up by boat and return to dock.

13 May
FLAT LAUREL CREEK – BIG SAM KNOB LOOP
4.5 miles, 900’ climb, R5, $5.00
From Big Sam parking on road 816 we hike out Flat Laurel Creek to a right turn onto Big Sam Trail, hike to the summit for lunch and return, completing the loop.

20 May
BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6.6 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?

27 May
HOOKER FALLS TO BRIDAL VEIL FALLS, DUPONT FOREST (Alan will lead this hike.)
8 miles, 600’ ascent, R6, $2.00
A shuttle from Hooker Falls parking we hike up to the covered bridge, Pitch Pine Trail, then onto Bridal Veil Falls and continue to Corn Mill Shoals parking

3 June
COLD MOUNTAIN
(Alan will lead the hike.)
10 miles estimated, 2,500’ estimated, R9+, $6.00 car fee
An in and out hike, start time is $7:00 AM as it is a long drive/set up.

10 June
LOOKING GLASS
6.5 miles, up and back, 1,350’ ascent, R8, $1.00 car fee
Hike to the end, return with lunch on a southern overlook near the helipad symbol.
ALAN WILL LEAD HIKE or hike with the “Rollers”

17 June
BEARWALLOW MOUNTAIN/TRAMBATORE TRAIL
8.3 miles, 2,000’ climb, R9, car fee: $5.00
From Bear Wallow Road we hike in and out on both the Trambatore and Bearwallow mountain
Trails.
ALAN WILL LEAD HIKE or hike with the “Rollers”

24 June
RAINBOW FALLS TRAIL, Jones Gap (Alan will lead this hike.)
4.3 miles, 800’ estimated ascent, R6, $4.00
out and back trail.

1 July
MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL AND ARBORETUM
7.1 miles, 1,100’ ascent, R7, car fee: $5.00
A loop up the MST stopping at the Arboretum Building for lunch then returning to our cars at the 191 parking overlooking the French Broad River.

8 July
WADING AT TURKEY PEN
6 miles, 500’ ascent, R6, car fee: $2.00
From Turkey Pen parking we hike Vineyard Gap, left at Riverside trail and back via short up to cars.

15 July
GREEN RIVER VALLEY AREA
Specifics to be supplied later.

22 July
PISGAH RIDGE/MTS TO SKINNY DIP FALLS
5 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, $4.50
Shuttle, start at the intersection of Road 816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Pisgah Ridge Trail to Graveyard Fields, join the Mountains to Sea Trail to Skinny Dip Falls (lunch). Finish with a short hike to cars at Looking Glass overlook.

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